Glorious Mistakable Joy

My friend Joffre on Pentecostal Partying: Pentecost Sunday is past. We are now in Ordinary Time. You have been given the Holy Spirit. The Kingdom is come in you. The Kingdom makes demands, it pricks in the heart. Live a life that demands the question, what meaneth this? And if I may suggest it, perhaps…

Fear and Comfort

In Acts 9 just after the conversion of Paul, Luke says that the churches throughout all of Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified, “And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied” (Acts 9:31). First, it’s worth pointing out that the “fear…

Why Protestants Still Protest

Towards the end of the last millennium, Peter Leithart writes: One of the lesser-known works of John Calvin is a tract whose short title is “An Inventory of Relics.” It is predominantly a sharp attack on the extremes of medieval Catholic piety-practices that I imagine many Catholics would today dismiss as empty superstitions. Samples of…

The Food Means You’re Safe

When Sennacherib has taunted the people of God in Jerusalem and proclaimed that their doom is sure, God gives Hezekiah a sign of their safety and deliverance. That sign is a continuing harvest. God says that they will eat the harvest this year and next year and the third year. God tells them to plant…

How Regeneration Makes Orphans & Eunuchs

In Isaiah 56, the Lord says that foreigners and eunuchs who keep Sabbath and hold fast God’s covenant will be given a place in the Lord’s house and a name better than sons and daughters, an everlasting name that shall not be cut off. He says that He will bring them to His holy mountain…

The Assyrian King in Your Heart

All sin is ultimately rooted in pride, and this is because despite the fact that people are victimized by sin (and by their own sin), the fact remains that people choose to sin. You choose to snap at your wife. You choose to discipline your children in anger. You choose to complain about your home…

Kaleb & Jessie

Kaleb and Jesse, you are about to embark on a great adventure together, and there are significant ways in which your lives are changing in this ceremony. You enter this building in one fashion: single, unbound to one another, and by the exchange of vows before this congregation, you each become something new, something different,…

Ascension Homily: He is Not Here

Along with the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the most ancient confessions of faith have always also insisted that the ascension of Jesus into heaven, to be seated at the right hand of the Father is essential to the gospel, essential to the good news we declare. But in order for us to be…

Wild Truth

Another follow up thought on the Douthat post below: This American “openness to heresy” seems to me to be a peculiarly Protestant stance, particularly, a sort of political/social manifestation of Sola Scriptura. Protestantism rejects human authority as supreme (whether in prelacy or tradition), and insists that Jesus is the head of the Church, ruling through His…

Chestertonian America?

I just starting listening to Ross Douthat’s new book Bad Religion. He makes the fascinating suggestion towards the beginning that while most other western nations had official, established religions, America was founded on a certain openness to falsehood intentionally. But disestablishment was/is not necessarily in itself a capitulation to sects or secularism, though it certainly…